To Horace Mann
be delivered. However, if you are still of that opinion, say so, and your brother shall carry it. At present, my dear child, I am much more at repose about you, as I trust no more will happen to endanger your situation. I shall not only give you the first notice, but employ all the means in my power to prevent your removal.
The Secret Committee, it seems, are almost aground, and, it is thought, will soon finish. They are now reduced, as I hear, to inquire into the last month, not having met with any foundation for proceeding in the rest of the time. However, they have this week given a strong instance of their arbitrariness and private resentments. They sent for Paxton1, the Solicitor of the Treasury, and examined him about five hundred pounds which he had given seven years ago at Lord Limerick's election. The map, as it directly tended to accuse himself, refused to answer. They complained to the House, and after a long debate he was committed to the Serjeant-at-Arms; and to-day, I hear, for still refusing, will be sent to Newgate. We adjourn to-day for ten days, but the Committee has leave to continue sitting. But, my dear child, you may be quite at ease, for they themselves seem to despair of being able to effect anything.
The Duke2 is of age to-day, and, I hear by the guns, is just gone with the King to take his seat in the Lords.
I have this morning received the jar of cedrati3 safe, for which I give you a million of thanks. I am impatient to hear of the arrival of your secretary and the things at Florence ; it is time for you to have received them.
Here! Amorevoli has sent me another letter. Would you believe that our wise directors for next year will not
LETTER 72.—* Nicholas Paxton, committed to Newgate, April 14, and released, July 15,1742.
2 The Duke of Cumberland.
3 Citrons preserved in liqueur.